The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team was just a few plays away from hosting this week’s district rematch with Clopton/Elsberry.
The Indians took an early 16-point lead over North Callaway last Friday night before falling late in the game, 40-30.
“I thought the effort was there,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head coach Blake Logan. “We would be in their backfield a lot of times, would get there, and not finish the tackle. If we would have been better tacklers, it would have gone a different way because we were making some mistakes that way…This was the most confident I’ve ever seen a team against North Callaway. We are showing we can play with anybody.”
The loss sets a rematch up for the Indians with the Indianhawks, two weeks after losing the game just three yards shy of a victory.
The game will be at Clopton at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 24.
A win gives the Indians a potential match-up with either Bowling Green or Highland one week later on a Friday night.
“I feel like we’re confident and I feel like we’re going to be extremely hungry after the way we lost last time…We’re going to look for some of the same stuff and it’s going to come down to execution. The team with the least amount of mistakes will come out on top.”
In the loss to the Thunderbirds, the Indians scored first.
Quarterback Lucas Robinson started the game with an 11 yard run. He then connected on a deep pass to Wyatt McDowell for 30 yards to get the ball inside the 5 yard line.
Robinson scored on a three yard run. He then connected on a pass to Sharrod Conner for a two-point conversion and a 8-0 lead.
Van-Far/Community R-VI’s offense struck again minutes later when Robinson hit Connor on a screen pass for a 64-yard touchdown. He then hit McDowell with a pass for two points and a 16-0 lead.
The Thunderbirds rallied in front of their home crowd on special teams. After going three-and-out, they blocked an Indians’ punt. North Calalway then scored.
After both teams exchanged a few turnovers, the Thunderbirds scored again to close the gap to 16-14.
Just before halftime, Robinson scored on a 62-yard touchdown run for a 22-14 edge.
North Callaway responded with a score of hteir own to cut the lead to 22-20 at the break.
“At that point, our linemen were gassed and we lost (Adam) Hombs before the half,” Logan noted.
After North Callaway took a 32-22 lead in the second half, Robinson scored.
He left the game and Parker Wallace completed a two-point pass to Connor.
The Indians had a final drive stall on a 4th and goal on the Thunderbirds’ 10 yard line. This was after they did convert a fake punt for a first down.
The Thunderbirds won the game, 40-30, after running the clock out.
Offensively, Connor had six catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’ve got to realize that there’s not many kids in the conference that can defend him one on one or in the open field,” Logan said. “…He’s a special athlete that has the potential to play at the next level.”
Robinson completed 13-of-20 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. He also had 17 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
McDowell hauled in three catches for 45 yards. Householder had four catches for 34 yards and Nick Barnes added two catches for 18 yards.
Defensively, Householder had a career game. He made 14 tackles (11 solos), two tackles for a loss, and three pass break ups.
“He was all over the place,” Logan said.
Andrew Snodgrass added 10 tackles. Connor had eight tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception.